Ian McShane by Albert L. Ortega/ WireImage.com
will play King Silas in
, a new series inspired by the story of King David (Aussie actor Christopher Egan) and reportedly a lock for NBC's 2008-09 slate. Sources tell the
that the Peacock on Wednesday will also announce series pickups for
the Christian Slater spy drama My Worst Enemy
, which centers on a billionaire who sets out to help others.
It is hoped that NBC will also confirm the rumored DirecTV pickup of
Friday Night Lights
. The Wednesday upfronts reveal is the earliest in the network's history, and at least six weeks ahead of the standard May fanfare. As long as it's bringing us more series news, faster, I'm all for it. How 'bout you?
- Anna Dimond